American Association of School Librarians

AASL sets new standards with National Conference & Exhibition, providing school librarians with tools to think, create, share and grow

PHOENIX – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) closed the curtain on a landmark National Conference & Exhibition Nov. 9-11 in Phoenix, Arizona, after introducing new standards school librarians will use for years to come.

Attended by more than 2,500 school librarians, administrators and exhibitors, the conference affirmed and strengthened the common beliefs of school librarians as they carry on their mission to make the school library the hub of a learning community that prepares learners for college, career and life.

Booklist & AASL announce Schools in Need Giveaway Program

Scholastic Partners with ALA  to Give School Librarians a Boost

CHICAGO — Today, Booklist Publications and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announce an exciting initiative to provide expert book-and-media buying assistance to school librarians in need. With help from sponsor Scholastic, year-long subscriptions to Booklist, Book Links, and Booklist Online will be made available to as many as 500 individual schools across the U.S.

ALA Announces $500,000 in First-time Grants to Develop Coding Programs in Libraries

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced more than $500,000 in grants for 28 libraries in 21 states plus the District of Columbia (full list below) to design and implement coding programs for young people. The grants are part of ALA’s ongoing Libraries Ready to Code initiative sponsored by Google to promote computer science (CS) and computational thinking among youth. It is the first time ALA has dedicated funding for CS programs in libraries.

New AASL webinar looks at what keeps educators “app” at night

CHICAGO – Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the great apps out there and not sure where to start? The 2017 list of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Best Apps for Teaching & Learning will be explored during a live webinar on Wed., Oct 25, at 6:00 p.m. Central. The Best Apps list features apps of exceptional value for inquiry-based teaching and learning. Registration is now open at www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Four authors talk school visits in new AASL webinar

CHICAGO – What do you get when you combine one school librarian and four authors? Inspired and engaged students! A new webinar presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will share proven ways to connect students, teachers and schools to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them. Registration for “Kick-Starting Author Involvement with Your School,” taking place Wed., Oct. 18, at 6:00 p.m. Central, is now open at www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Complimentary eBooks webinar available in AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The archive of the webinar “Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budget,” presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and sponsored by Overdrive, is now available for complimentary viewing in AASL’s professional development library. The recording can be viewed at www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/complimentary.

Share your knowledge: Present an AASL webinar

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites school library professionals, educators and subject matter experts to submit proposals for webinars between 30-60 minutes in length. Live presentations will take place between January 1 and May 31, 2018, and presentations will be archived as part of AASL’s eCOLLAB professional development library. Submissions may be made using the AASL Get Involved form.

Social influences on avid book readers examined in new School Library Research article

CHICAGO – A new article examining how social influences can foster avid book reader identification is now available in volume 20 of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR).

Final week to secure AASL National Conference & Exhibition advance registration pricing

CHICAGO – Only days remain to secure advance registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Attendees finalizing their registration prior to Oct. 12 save $50 over late/on-site rates for the conference, taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz. More information, including a Make Your Case to Attend infographic can be found at national.aasl.org.